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The first single from R.E.M.’s next Warner Bros. album will be “Leaving New York,” which is tentatively set for a Sept. 27 commercial release in the United Kingdom. A group spokesperson had no information regarding the single but confirms the as-yet-untitled album will arrive Oct. 5 in North America.
It will be the follow-up to 2001’s “Reveal,” which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 411,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Among the other tracks being eyed for the new release are “Wanderlust” and “I’m Gonna DJ.”
The song “Final Straw,” which was previously released online and debuted during R.E.M.’s 2003 tour, will appear on the “Future Soundtrack of America” compilation, due Aug. 17 via Barsuk Records.
R.E.M. is planning a fall tour in support of the new disc, which is expected to encompass some concerts in swing states in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election.
As previously reported, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck can also be heard guesting on Irish rock act the Thrills’ new album, “Let’s Bottle Bohemia,” due Sept. 14 via Virgin.